Mt. Seifu bandit leader known as the "Whirlwind Axe"
バルカス, Barukasu
108 Stars Tenbou Star
Illustration Kawano Junko
Gender Male
Race Human
Age 34 (Suikoden)
37 (Suikoden II)
Birth Year SY 424
Appears in

Varkas (バルカス, Barukasu) is a supporting character in Suikoden who makes a cameo appearance in Suikoden II. Varkas is the leader of the Mt. Seifu bandits and was named the Captain of the Border Guard.


Never heard of Varkas of Mt. Seifu?

—  Varkas
Hey, taxes build roads, you know!

Varkas was the leader of the Mt. Seifu bandits, known as the "Whirlwind Axe", due to his battlefield prowess. He was described as a well-built man with a square, tanned face and thick eyebrows, protruding from a ridge. He was the third son of a farming family and had learned some letters and words from a priest as a youth, marking him as not completely illiterate.

He originally served as second-in-command of the bandits, under his childhood friend, Guin. However, Guin's increasingly autocratic, self-serving, and paranoid rule would lead to arguments between the two, culminating in Guin poisoning Varkas and attempting to assassinate him. Sydonia, who Varkas had been taking care of after finding him in a carriage the group had raided, would prevent the attack and with his last ounce of strength, Varkas would strike Guin down.

Varkas would draw the ire of Grady, the military commander of Rockland, who accused Varkas and the Mt. Seifu bandits of pillaging local villages and rendering Rockland unable to collect taxes. This, however, was untrue, as Varkas' Mt. Seifu bandits only stole from Scarlet Moon Empire officials and never from common citizens.

Eventually, the son of Teo McDohl would be ordered to apprehend him and Varkas and his second-in-command, Sydonia, were defeated and captured. Varkas and Sydonia were strung up on stakes to starve outside of Grady's mansion. One of the Mt. Seifu bandits travelled to Lenankamp on behalf of Varkas, asking for the Toran Liberation Army to rescue them. His previous captors, outraged by Grady's behavior, would rescue the bandits.

"I coulda been leader, I have experience...."

After the Toran Liberation Army acquired Toran Castle, Varkas and Sydonia travelled there in order to return the favour they owed by joining the Toran Liberation Army. Varkas served in the Toran Liberation Army throughout the Gate Rune War. During the war, Varkas also found he missed the easy-going bandit life he had enjoyed on Mt. Seifu.

Following the end of the Gate Rune War, Varkas was named the captain of the Border Guard of the newly formed Toran Republic. During the Dunan Unification War, Varkas would encounter Sheena and the leader of the New State Army attempting to enter the Toran Republic.

As they were representing a force traditionally hostile to the republic's predecessor, the Scarlet Moon Empire, Varkas chose not to allow the group free entry but escorted the party to Gregminster.



Main article: Varkas (enemy)

Varkas is fought in Suikoden as part of the game's second boss battle. He fights the party alongside Sydonia. As Varkas is slightly more durable than his comrade, it is best to defeat Sydonia first, to reduce the enemy's number of actions.


Varkas (Suikoden portrait).png Joins automatically at Toran Castle following plot events in Kouan.
Level Gender Range
16 Male M

Battle bonds

Good Will
Protects This character does not protect anyone
Protected By This character is not protected by anyone
Unite Attack
1 Bandit Attack w/ Sydonia


Starting Equipment
Head --
Body Chest Plate
Shield no
Other Greaves
Rune No rune attached
Equipment Type
Head Helmet
Body Heavy armor
Shield Can't equip
Other Male


State Grades
Stat Growth Rate
1 26 13 12 13 12 12 11
20 190 75 51 68 51 60 43
60 660 163 108 146 108 80 88
90 830 190 130 170 130 185 110


War Stats
Name Type Soldiers Lead ATK Sub ATK
Bandits Charge 600 13 3


LV 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
ATK 9 14 18 23 28 32 37 42 67 77 86 95 106 130 150 170
Name Lighting Hatchet Rockbreaker Hatchet Leppa Hatchet
W Type W Level Element
Axe N/A --


  1. Genso Suikoden Short Story Collection 1 (ISBN 4-8402-1494-8), pages 177-218
  2. Genso Suikoden Encyclopaedia (ISBN 4-575-16297-3), pages 217-218
  3. Genso Suikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia, page 68
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